Movie Review: Solomon Kane

I happened upon Solomon Kane a few weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

“Once a mercenary of Queen Elizabeth I fighting Spaniards in Africa, Solomon met the Devil’s Reaper and discovered he was bound for hell. Barely escaping, he soon renounced violence to atone for his past sins, seeking out redemption in a life of peace. That is until the followers of sorcerer Malachi kidnap a Puritan girl, Meredith Crowthorn, and brutally slaughter her family before his very eyes, forcing Solomon to take up arms and return to his violent ways once more to rescue her.”

Solomon Kane came out awhile back and apparently it didn’t do well at the box office. Not sure why. It was typical for fantasy, with dark magic and lots of sword fighting, but it was also a decent movie. Good acting, and the costumes and makeup added nicely to the dark atmosphere.

James Purefoy is excellent in the lead role as Solomon Kane. They took the time to develop Kane’s character early on instead of focusing more on the action. Then again, Purefoy is the sort of actor to enthrall an audience. A good thing because Solomon Kane is not over the top with special effects.

I had no idea there’s a Solomon Kane book series by Robert E. Howard before watching. The movie piqued my interest enough to want to read the books.

Dark fantasy is my preference and this movie delivered. If you’re looking for a decent good vs. evil fantasy to watch, try this one.

My Rating: 4 out of 5

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